We first saw this trailer on io9 and have watched it conservatively about 45,000 times now. It perfectly encapsulates the kinds of trailers Toho was putting out for the early Godzilla movies, and though we’re sad to have no more “Clair de Lune,” we love seeing Charles Dance dubbed into Japanese to say “Nani?”
In actuality, this video takes the audio directly from the Japanese trailer for 1964’s Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, the movie by which it seems Godzilla: King of the Monsters is at least somewhat inspiration. This was the very first movie to feature King Ghidorah and brought on the team-up of Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra to take him down.
For comparison, here’s that trailer:
If you’ve never seen Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, it’s really something to behold. Not only are there four giant kaiju beating the tar out of each other on what looks like the set of Thomas the Tank Engine, but it also has a B-plot about a princess from Venus coming down to warn us about Ghidorah and a special agent attempting to protect her from the yakuza. Yeah, there’s, like, gunfights in this movie. It’s crazy.
I don’t think we’ll see much of that in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but it does seem pretty likely we’ll get a knockdown, drag-out battle between the good titans and the bad one with three heads. At any rate, the lighting in King of the Monsters is way more ominous than the lighting in the older movie.
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